An inferior vena cava (IVC) filter is a type of vascular filter, a medical device that is implanted by interventional radiologists or vascular surgeons into the inferior vena cava to presumably prevent life-threatening pulmonary emboli.
What are the benefits of an IVC filter?
The inferior vena cava is the largest vein in your body. It carries blood from your lower body to your heart and lungs. A blood clot in a vein below your heart blocks your normal blood flow and may cause swelling, redness, and pain in the area. An IVC filter is a small device that is placed in your inferior vena cava to prevent blood clots from moving through your blood into your lungs.
How extensive is the procedure?
Our physicians will place the IVC filter in your inferior vena cava by going through a vein in your neck or groin. Your doctor will position the filter in the vein using a fluoroscopy (real-time x-rays). The procedure will take about 30 minutes, but you should expect to be in the procedure room for about an hour. You will have a follow-up appointment 4 to 6 weeks after placement to see when your IVC filter can be removed. Plan to have a responsible care partner take you home after your procedure.